Despite the disruption caused by the lockdown restrictions to stop the spread of Covid-19, Spanish company Acciona said the P19-billion Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway construction is already 50 percent complete.
This project is being constructed by Cebu Link Joint Venture (CLJV)—the consortium of Acciona, First Balfour Inc., and DM Consunji Inc. Once finished, it will become the longest cable-stayed bridge in the country.
“By connecting Cebu City to Mactan Island, the expressway will alleviate traffic congestion on the existing bridges and provide a faster connection between Cebu’s industrial zone, Mactan International Airport, and Cordova’s new urban developments, which will further boost the local economy,” said Ruben Camba, country manager for the Philippines and Southeast Asia at Acciona.
Led by personnel from Acciona’s Roads and Bridges specialized business unit, more than 2,500 people are now working on this expressway.
This is the firm’s second-biggest contract in the Philippines, next to the $127-million Putatan II drinking water treatment plant for its client, Maynilad Water Services Inc.
The Cebu-Cordova Bridge represents another step in the company’s strategy in Southeast Asia, a region with vast infrastructure development growth potential.
Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp., a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., awarded the project to CLJV in 2017 to design and build the 650-meter cable-stayed bridge as the principal structure, with a span of 390 meters between tower pylons.
The project includes several viaducts as well as a section of the highway on a 5.2-kilometer length embankment.
Acciona has been operating in the country since 2016, following the award of its contract for the design, construction, operation and one-year maintenance of the water treatment facility in Muntinlupa that will cater to nearly 1.5 million people.
The global provider of sustainable solutions for infrastructure and renewable energy projects opened its commercial office in Manila in April 2019.
Apart from the ongoing construction of the Cebu-Cordova bridge, it bagged another Maynilad contract to put up a water treatment plant in the Laguna Lake area.
Together with its local partner EEI, Acciona will build one of the sections of the P19-billion Malolos-Clark Railway Project of the Department of Transportation.
Article and Photo originally posted by Business Mirror last October 19, 2020 and written by Roderick Abad.